Joondalup Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Human Research Ethics Committee

The Joondalup Health Campus Human Research Ethics Committee (JHC HREC) is constituted in accordance with the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council (through which it maintains annual accreditation) and of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

The JHC HREC considers applications for research and quality improvement projects to be carried out at Joondalup Health Campus, as well as Glengarry Private Hospital, Peel Health Campus and a number of private organisations.

Research applications are received from a wide range of sources, including:

  • pharmaceutical sponsors
  • various clinical organisations
  • special interest groups
  • private research organisations
  • Joondalup Health Campus employees
  • University based groups and graduate students studying with local universities

The HREC provides guidance to assist an institution in meeting its obligations for the effective governance of research involving human subjects.

The role of the JHC HREC is to provide an ethical review of the proposed research. In addition, the HREC monitors research projects, particularly within the hospitals and obtains regular reports about the progress of research being undertaken.

The HREC assists researchers by providing information about the application process and the preparation of necessary documents.

The HREC is a valuable resource for researchers providing instruction on the scientific design and proposed conduct of a study, how participants will be recruited, including the means of obtaining consent and the care and protection from harm of research participants. The ethical aspects of each study must be approved by the JHC HREC.

Significant research is currently being undertaken at JHC in the disciplines of:

  • Allied Health
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Medicine

If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in a research project, please contact the committee on 08 9400 9897. Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.

This Committee has wide representation, encompassing medical practitioners, researchers, a lawyer, a member of the clergy and community representatives. Committee members contribute a wide range of experience gained in hospitals, in the community, and in a number of professions. Members of the HREC appreciate the opportunity to serve the hospital and community in this way and to support researchers making important contributions to the body of knowledge about health and patient care.

JHC HREC meetings are held monthly and applications close two weeks prior to each meeting. The HREC reserves the right, depending on anticipated business, to omit a scheduled meeting and defer consideration of any pending applications until the next meeting.

All research submitted involving human participants undertaken at JHC and related organisations must be reviewed by JHC HREC. Ethics approval is granted when the Committee is satisfied that the conduct of the proposed research is ethical and lawful. The JHC HREC aims to deliver a timely and satisfactory decision to researchers.

How to contact the JHC HREC:

HREC Executive Officer
Ann Hammer
Phone: (08) 9400 9400

HREC Administration Officer
Catherine Harrison
Phone: (08) 9400 9897

HREC Secretary
Jenni Wilke
Phone: (08) 9400 9897

Email: JHC-Ethics@ramsayhealth.com.au


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